Six areas of the North West are in top ten for new cases of Covid-19, say official figures

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Six local authority areas in the North West are in the top ten in the country for new cases of Covid-19, according to the latest official figures.

The statistics, for the seven days to July 26, are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate has risen from 81.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 19 to 87.3 in the seven days to July 26. A total of 130 new cases have been recorded.

Oldham has drawn level with Leicester, with both areas recording broadly the same rate.

Trafford, Rochdale, Hyndburn and Pendle are also in the top ten local authority areas.

Trafford health officials say say around half of all new cases of coronavirus are in people aged between 17 and 23.

Here is the top of the table, showing the rate of new cases in the seven days to July 26, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to July 19.

  • Blackburn with Darwen 87.3/ 81.2

  • Oldham 56.4/ 18.7

  • Leicester 56.3/ 73.2

  • Bradford 47.3/ 42.6

  • Trafford 38.1/ 11.0

  • Rochdale 35.0/ 47.7

  • Sandwell 32.4/ 23.2

  • Hyndburn 32.2/ 39.6

  • Pendle 31.7 / 30.6

  • Eden 30.3/ 32.1

The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on July 29 on the Government's coronavirus online dashboard.

Muslim communities across the North West are preparing to celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha, with people being urged to mark it in their own homes to help stem local spikes in coronavirus cases.